Senate West Virginia passes a bill on an optional Bible course despite litigation warnings Don’t Miss This

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West Senators Virginia passed a highly debated bill on Wednesday requiring local discretionary education boards to be provided in public high schools under the guidance of the Bible in spite of a feeling that the bill could be a breach of the state’s constitution.

The bill has now disappeared from the House of Delegates and the State Senate. It has been completed by the legislation and will be in the hands of Government, Jim Justice, to decide whether it wants to be put under law.

The bill was passed to 30 Senators in favor, and by Democratic against him: Sen. Stephen Baldwin, Sen. William Ihlenfeld and Sen Corey Palumbo.

Baldwin, who voiced the bill one day before his passage, tried Tuesday to amend the bill to include any sacred or comparative religion, not just religions associated with the Bible. Baldwin’s reform failed, although the same group of Senators ran the same amendment a week ago in a similar bill that came from the Seanad.

The Seanad bill, which includes any sacred text or comparative religion, has ceased to exist in the House of Education Committee since it went out of the Seanad.

Baldwin stayed quiet on Wednesday before he voted against the bill after he had already expressed his feelings, but some Senators reluctantly spoke on the bill.

Mr Mike Woelfel, Democratic, said he is not against religious education, because he pays for religious education for those in his family every day during the school year. However, he feels that the bill could be a violation of the state’s constitution.

“I am going to vote for this bill. I think our students could benefit from this, but you got a bill here that will be declared unconstitutional,” said Woelfel. “By restricting and rejecting the amendment, t [to include any sacred text or comparative religion]You promised a sacred roster, this is declared unconstitutional. “

The Democratic Republic of Richard Lindsay II said he reluctantly voted on the bill, but he also considers that the Baldwin amendment provided Tuesday better. He recalled when the Seanad Judicial Committee was considering the bill, and how “beautiful” it was to listen to others of other faiths.

“Reform included multi-faith, and there was so much debate about how those incorporated without others could be left out or bad,” Lindsay said. “I am reluctant to have this bill now, that we had such a beautiful moment in the Seanad Judgment, with beautiful beliefs, and I think that we are losing that with this passage.

Sen Paul Hardesty, Democratic, voted in favor of Wednesday’s bill, but said he reluctantly supports him. Bearing in mind when he served on Logan County Education Board in the 1990s, Hardesty said that he was under pressure to put the Ten Commandments on a wall in the school system.

“I thought we were doing something good for Logan County, but I quickly found out that I opened worms in the process,” Hardesty said. “We tried to do something right, but the ACLU (American Civil Liberty Union) said we would be facing litigation.”

Hardship said the efforts to retain the Ten Commandments on the wall, created a collage of other historical documents for pairing, including the Quran, Torah, etc. extracts.

“We got to grips with that ACLU challenge, and why am I telling you this?”, Said Hardesty. “Well, I think this bill is goodwill, but I can tell you from personal information since two decades ago, this won’t come. You will come after you, and we’ll come back and visit to do this.

“We must be careful as we go through this.”

After the vote, Baldwin expressed that while he is a Christian priest and a father, he wants his children to learn the Bible at their church, rather than his school.

“As a student and as a teacher of the Bible, my guiding light is. We should teach it much in our churches and through our actions,” said Baldwin. “However, we should not involve the government in religious teaching. I also believe that the church and state are spread as set out in our Constitution. Therefore, I voted against the ‘Bible bill,’ which allows public schools to teach courses in the Bible. “

ACLU-West Virginia representatives were present at public hearings on the bill showing the eye that comes with it if it is passed. Following the passing of the bill on Wednesday, ACLU representatives adopted their Facebook page to encourage a veto.

“Bill” Bill House 4780, is a Christian bill that supports Biblical teaching in public schools, immediately after passing the Senate, “read the statement.” We thank Senator Stephen Baldwin, Senator William Ihlenfeld and Senator Corey Palumbo for being courage and wise to vote no. Our fight now goes to the governor’s desk. veto this enthusiastic bill before it becomes law and discloses our school districts in possible litigation. “

Email: jnelson@register-herald.com; follow on Twitter @jhatfieldRH

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